Far from the Tree

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This is the winner of the Wellcome book prize 2014. It is a New York Times Bestseller. Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you.

The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does? Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

It is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. It is the winner of the Green Carnation Prize.
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ISBN-13: 9780099460992
ISBN-10: 0099460998
Pagini: 960
Dimensiuni: 133 x 213 x 55 mm
Greutate: 1.13 kg
Editura: Random House


"Deeply moving..."--Lisa Zeidner ""The Washington Post" "
"A careful, subtle, and surprising book."--Nathan Heller "The New Yorker "
"Deeply moving..."
"A careful, subtle, and surprising book."
"It's a book everyone should read and there's no one who wouldn't be a more imaginative and understanding parent--or human being--for having done so."--Julie Myerson "The New York Times Book Review "
"Solomon is a storyteller of great intimacy and ease...He approaches each family's story thoughtfully, respectfully...Bringing together their voices, Solomon creates something of enduring warmth and beauty: a quilt, a choir."--Kate Tuttle "The Boston Globe "
"Solomon's first chapter, entitled 'Son, ' is as masterly a piece of writing as I've come across all year. It combines his own story with a taut and elegant precis of this book's arguments. It is required reading...This is a book that shoots arrow after arrow into your heart."--Dwight Garner "The New York Times "
"A brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity."--Anne Leslie "PEOPLE "
"[Far from the Tree"] is a masterpiece of non-fiction, the culmination of a decade's worth of research and writing, and it should be required reading for psychologists, teachers, and above all, parents...A bold and unambiguous call to redefine how we view difference...A stunning work of scholarship and compassion."--Carmela Ciuraru "USA Today "
"A book of extraordinary ambition...Part journalist, part psychology researcher, part sympathetic listener, Solomon's true talent is a geographic one: he maps the strange terrain of the human struggle that is parenting."--Brook Wilensky-Lanford "The San Francisco Cronicle "
"Monumental...Solomon has an extraordinary gift for finding his way into the relatively hermetic communities that form around conditions...and gaining the confidence of the natives."--Lev Grossman "TIME "
"Masterfully written and brilliantly researched...Far from the Tree" stands apart from the countless memoirs and manuals about special needs parenting published in the last couple of decades."--Tina Calabro "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "
Far from the Tree" is fundamentally about the bonds and burdens of family, and it s a huge valentine to those who embrace the challenge of raising children who are in some way not what they had hoped for. --Virginia Vitzthum "ELLE "
A behemoth worth every one of its 976 pages. --Amy Boaz "Publishers Weekly "
[These] stories are entirely unpredictable and offer us the full range of human experience not only the horror but also the astonishing beauty and in the end a Shakespearean sense that we are such stuff as dreams are made of. --Judith Newman "More "
In "Far from the Tree", Andrew Solomon reminds us that nothing is more powerful in a child s development than the love of a parent. This remarkable new book introduces us to mothers and fathers across America many in circumstances the rest of us can hardly imagine who are making their children feel special, no matter what challenges come their way. --President Bill Clinton
Far-reaching, original, fascinating Andrew Solomon's investigation of many of the most intense challenges that parenthood can bring compels us all to reexamine how we understand human difference. Perhaps the greatest gift of this monumental book, full of facts and full of feelings, is that it constantly makes one think, and think again. --Philip Gourevitch, author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Solomon, a highly original student of human behavior, has written an intellectual history that lays the foundation for a 21st century Psychological Bill of Rights. In addition to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness on the basis of race and religion, this Bill extends inalienable rights of psychological acceptance to people on the basis of their identity. He provides us with an unrivalled educational experience about identity groups in our society, an experience that is filled with insight, empathy and intelligence. We also discover the redefining, self-restructuring nature that caring for a child produces in parents, no matter how unusual or disabled the child is. Reading "Far from the Tree" is a mind-opening experience. --Eric Kandel, author of The Age of Insight and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Andrew Solomon has written a brave and ambitious work, bringing together science, culture and a powerful empathy. Solomon tells us that we have more in common with each other even with those who seem anything but normal than we would ever have imagined. --Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point
"Far from the Tree" is a landmark, revolutionary book. It frames an area of inquiry difference between parents and children that many of us have experienced in our own lives without ever considering it as a phenomenon. Andrew Solomon plumbs his topic thoroughly, humanely, and in a compulsively readable style that makes the book as entertaining as it is illuminating. --Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
A book to admire, learn from, and cherish. --Sue Ransohoff "The Christian Science Monitor "
A brilliant and humane examination of family and resilience and humility and confusion and loyalty and difference and love I want everyone to read it. --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray, Love and Committed
A marvel of precision, lucidity and, despite its 962 pages, concision This book will change your view of your own species. --Tanguy Chouard "Nature "
The most amazing book I ve ever read --Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and Sisterland
"This is one of the most extraordinary books I have read in recent times--brave, compassionate and astonishingly humane. Solomon approaches one of the oldest questions--how much are we defined by nature versus nurture?--and crafts from it a gripping narrative. Through his stories, told with such masterful delicacy and lucidity, we learn how different we all are, and how achingly similar. I could not put this book down."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies